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Opinion

Paul McMorrow

Sausage Parcel plan smells rotten

If Boston convention center subsidizes hotels, city should let Madison Properties off hook

For the past year, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been demanding that Madison Properties, the owner of a South Boston parcel sitting across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, build a hotel. The BRA has dug in on its hotel demands, even though the city knows the hotel it wants can’t be built. Now, with the state convention center authority snapping up land in advance of a major expansion, the city’s hard-line stance places an absurd demand on Madison: build an impossible hotel, and compete with a pair of state-subsidized developments while you’re at it.

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